Ever feel overwhelmed by the vast quantity of art at the FJJMA? Consider visiting to see some of our staff favorites! Museum staff answered a few questions about their favorite work, and we’ll be sharing their answers with you on the blog throughout the summer! The beautiful thing about art is that you don’t have to be an expert to appreciate it.
Today’s staff pick is from Mrs. Kati Kain, who works in Muse, the museum store!
Q: What is your favorite work?
Any of Gustave Baumann’s woodblock prints that are in FJJMA’s collection
Q: Why do you like it?
I’ve never been to New Mexico but I feel that these landscapes must represent the way it feels to be looking towards the mountains on a sunny fall day in the Taos area.
The prints with the yellow or pinkish red/orange trees and deep blue/purple skies/mountains are my favorites.
I love the bright colors he uses as well as the simplicity of the lines. Also, I’ve always been a huge fan of Japanese woodblock prints and I feel that he must have been heavily influenced by the Japanese style.
Q: How long has it been your favorite?
Since we had a mini-exhibition of his works a year or so ago.
Q: Is it on display?
I don’t believe any of Baumann’s prints are on display right now.
Q: Is there anything you would like to share about the artist or artwork?
An interesting fact about Baumann is that he was also a master marionette maker.